Over the year’s Renewable Energy has become increasingly more popular within the UK and over the last couple of years has reached new heights year on year. With recent statistics release by the department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy this looks set to continue.
The report presents findings on UK energy supply and the public support for these technologies from March – April 2018 which according to these findings has hit record levels for Solar and Offshore Wind.
Support for renewable energy amongst UK residents has climbed yet again to hit 85% compared to the 79% of last year which makes it, its highest level since the government first began recording attitudes towards energy and climate change issues five years ago. Even better opposition to renewable energy remained very low at 3% which shows the support for a sustainable future remains strong and a likely possibility for the future.
The Public Attitudes Tracker (PAT) questioned 2,000 people over two weeks between the end of March and beginning of April this year. They were then asked whether they supported or opposed the use of renewable energy for electricity, fuel, and heat, an overwhelming 85% were in favour, with just 3% opposed.
With this steady uplift in support for Renewables we were also delighted to see that support for Solar Energy was also at its highest record since March 2012 with 87% of those asked in support of Solar PV.
This report is a very strong indication of the wide spread support across the board for renewables. Three-quarters of respondents agreed that renewables industries and associated developments provide economic benefits to the UK, compared to 70% from May last year.
This is what Dr Jonathan Marshall, head of analysis at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), had to say about this report “The government is rightly proud of the litany of recent records around renewable output, tumbling coal use, and the cleanliness of our power sector, but without further action, this progress risks stalling”
With these results in we are excited to see how the government responds to this report and what the future now holds for Renewable Energy within the UK!